On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan is one of the holiest Sikh shrines for the Sikh community, which mistakenly went to the country due to lack of vision and sensitivity of then Congress leaders. Campaigning in election-bound Rajasthan, PM Modi cited to the Kartarpur corridor being developed between the two nations, India and Pakistan, with the aim to allow Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the gurdwara and ask why this was not made 70-years ago.
While addressing an election rally in Hanumangarh on the last day of election campaigning scheduled on December 7, PM Modi said that “The credit of the Kartarpur corridor goes to your vote. Correcting Congress mistakes was my destiny.”
He further accused that Congress leaders at the time have “no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev” and no respect for sentiments of Sikh community.
During the ground-breaking event in Pakistan for the Kartarpur corridor, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the corridor “should have been operationalized many years ago. The cartographer who made the (boundary) line made a fundamental mistake.”
16th-century Kartarpur Gurudwara is located 3-4 km away from the India-Pakistan border on the banks of Ravi River in Pakistan, is significant for the Sikh community as Guru Nanak Dev has spent 18-years there and took his last breath at the same place.
Kartarpur corridor was inaugurated on November 27 in India by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and in Pakistan was inaugurated by newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan.